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Kikwete Easily Wins Tanzania's Presidential Election


Official results from Tanzania's presidential election show ruling party candidate Jakaya Kikwete has won in a landslide.

The final tally released Sunday shows Mr. Kikwete taking more than 80 percent of the vote. His nearest rival was Ibrahim Lipumba of the main opposition Civic United Front party.

Officials put the voter turnout figure at 72 percent.

Mr. Kikwete - who is currently Tanzania's foreign minister - will succeed President Benjamin Mkapa, who was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

The victory also ensures the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party will keep its 40-year hold on power in the east African nation.

The elections were marred by violence on Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar. The Civic United Front says the ruling party used fraud to win election victories there in October.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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